Updated 10 November 2014

Cannibal killed in Welsh hotel

British police shot and killed a man discovered attempting to eat a murdered woman in a Welsh hotel with a stun gun, according to the 'Independent' newspaper.

Police in Britain shot a man discovered attempting to eat a murdered woman in a Welsh hotel with a stun gun, the Independent newspaper reported on Friday, saying the man later died.

Deceased at the scene

Welsh police said they were called to an incident at a hotel in Argoed, a village 160 miles (260 km) west of London, after reports of a man attacking a woman.

News24 reports that a Gwent Police spokesperson said "The woman, aged 22 from Blackwood, was located with injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene", said a statement from Gwent Police.

"A Taser was discharged and a man was arrested. Whilst under arrest, the man became unresponsive."

The man was given first aid but was later pronounced dead. 

Local councillor Leon Gardiner said Argoed was in a state of shock. "This has hit the community for a six", Gardiner said.

"I have lived here and represented Argoed for over 30 years and this is the worst tragedy that has happened for us as a village.

The Guardian reported that the man has been named locally as 34-year-old Matthew Williams, who goes by the nickname Fifi. He is understood to have been recently released from prison where he had been held for attacking a woman.

Many of the details of the incident were not immediately clear, but the matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

A spokesman for the Welsh police declined further comment.

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